The Best Start Teen Parenting program celebrated 27 Seniors from area 5 high schools.
The pregnant and parenting teens shared photos and an emotional letter written to their child about what it means to them to be a good parent during a celebratory reception which included their families. They also shared how the Best Start Program changed their life, what their plans are after graduation and words of advice for other parenting teens still in the program.
Each graduate received flowers, a certificate of completion and several of the moms received scholarships to continue their education.
Education Stars Celebrates Early Education Students
Education Stars held a Student Recognition Celebration at South Piedmont Community College. The event kicked off with a welcome from SPCC President, Dr. Maria Pharr followed by opening remarks from Alliance for Children Executive Director, Linda Smith.
Approximately 30 students were recognized for different educational programs to include: associate degree in early childhood education, early childhood education administrative certificate, early childhood preschool certificate, and infant-toddler care certification. Teacher awards were also given out for various accomplishments followed by a reception for the students and attendees.
Education Stars advances professional development at South Piedmont Community College by providing tuition, books, and fees for college credit
courses to full-time teachers in licensed child care facilities to increase the
quality of instruction for children in their classrooms.
Alliance for Children welcomes new Program Manager, Dina Smith.
Dina has over 20 years experience in program evaluation, grant writing, program coordination and career coaching. She holds a masters degree in Public Administration from UNCC and a Bachelors degree in psychology with a focus on child and family. She lives in Lake Wylie, SC with her husband and two children. Dina enjoys boating, running, reading and cooking in her spare time.
Motheread® Participant Shares Her Story
Jackie Smosky shares her experience as a mom and joining the Motheread® program in this short video.